Cognac Japanese Plum Sour

Japanese Plum Sour: A Cognac Plum Cocktail Recipe

The Japanese Plum Sour is a tangy and refreshing twist on a classic sour cocktail, featuring homemade plum purée, cognac, and a hint of orgeat.

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Japanese Plum Sour

Growing up in New Jersey, summer always meant one thing: ripe plums falling from our backyard tree. The juicy, fragrant fruits were the perfect sweet treat on a hot day, and now, they’re my inspiration for the Japanese Plum Sour! It’s a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and nutty flavors, with the warmth of cognac and the floral notes of orgeat.

A modern twist on the classic Japanese Cocktail from the 1862 guide “How to Mix Drinks,” this version adds a vibrant fruitiness. The Japanese Plum Sour comes together in just 10 minutes, and silky egg white froth and aromatic bitters add perfect touches of texture and complexity. Use liquid from a can of chickpeas as a sub for egg white in a pinch.

Ingredients for the Japanese Plum Sour

  • Plum: Choose ripe, juicy plums for the most flavorful puree.
  • Cognac: A high-quality cognac will add depth and complexity to the cocktail.
  • Orgeat: This almond-flavored syrup provides a nutty sweetness that complements the plum perfectly. Substitute with a simple syrup made with almond extract if you can’t find orgeat.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is best for the perfect tart balance.
  • Egg White: Creates a smooth, silky texture and a beautiful foamy top.
  • Aromatic Bitters: A dash or two adds a layer of complexity and depth.
Cognac Japanese Plum Sour

How to Make the Japanese Plum Sour

Crafting the Japanese Plum Sour is easy and delicious!

Begin by preparing the plum puree. Slice a ripe plum and blend it with water until smooth. Strain the mixture to remove any solids.

Next, gather the cocktail ingredients: cognac, plum puree, lime juice, orgeat, egg white, and bitters. Combine them in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled and foamy.

Strain the shaken cocktail into a coupe glass. For a perfect finishing touch, garnish with fresh plum slices!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this cocktail without egg white?

Yes, you can omit the egg white if you prefer, or substitute with aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) for a vegan option. The cocktail will still be delicious, but it won’t have the same silky texture or foamy top.

Can I use store-bought plum purée?

While homemade puree is ideal, you can use store-bought in a pinch. Just be sure to choose a high-quality brand with no added sugar.

What is orgeat and can I substitute it?

Orgeat is an almond-flavored syrup with a hint of orange flower water. If you don’t have orgeat, you can use almond syrup or amaretto. These substitutes may slightly alter the flavor profile of the drink.

What exactly is cognac?

Cognac is a type of brandy that originates from the Cognac region in France. It is made from distilled white wine and aged in oak barrels, which gives it a rich and complex flavor profile. Cognac is known for its smooth, velvety texture and notes of fruits, spices, and vanilla.

What kind of cognac should I use?

Opt for a good-quality cognac to ensure a smooth and rich base for your cocktail. Brands like Hennessy, Remy Martin, or Courvoisier are excellent choices that provide depth and complexity.

What are aromatic bitters and how do they affect the Japanese Plum Sour?

Aromatic bitters are concentrated flavorings made from herbs, spices, and botanicals. They add depth and a hint of spice to cocktails. In the Japanese Plum Sour, they balance the sweetness and acidity. Angostura bitters are a popular choice.

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Cognac Japanese Plum Sour

Japanese Plum Sour

The Japanese Plum Sour is a tangy and refreshing twist on a classic sour cocktail, featuring homemade plum purée, cognac, and a hint of orgeat.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1


Plum Puree

  • 1 plum
  • 1/3 cup water


  • 2 oz cognac
  • 1 oz plum puree
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 dash aromatic bitters
  • Plum, for garnish


  • Prepare plum puree: Slice plum and blend with water. Strain into glass, discarding solids.
  • Add cognac, plum puree, lime juice, orgeat, egg white, bitters and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled and foamy.
  • Strain mixture into a coupe glass. If desired, garnish with plum slices.
Keyword brandy cocktails, cognac, orgeat, plum, summer cocktail, summer cocktail recipe
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